In about 90 percent of cases, the operation on your hand is done at our modern, state-of-the-art, certified Hand Surgery Center. Major procedures requiring overnight stays are usually done in a hospital.
Hand surgery is usually performed under axillary block (regional) anesthesia which numbs the entire arm. Occasionally general anesthesia is required. There is no pain during surgery. Post-operative pain can be minimized by elevating the arm and by medication.
Your surgeon will advise you on the proper schedule for returning to your regular routine and to more strenuous activities. This varies depending on the procedure done. Some patients are referred to therapy for a variable period of time after surgery. Most patients are back to their regular routine after about three to four weeks following less complicated procedures.
Just as in any surgical procedure, an element of risk exists. Your surgeon will explain these to you and you will have a chance to ask questions. Complications can be minimized by closely following the surgeon's advice both before and after surgery.
Fees and operative facility costs vary. The extent and complexity of the surgery also affect the final cost.
Hand surgery is usually a covered medical benefit. Insurance policies may vary in their coverage, but the surgeon's fee and other costs are partially or even fully paid.
Tampa Bay Hand Center is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
We prefer to see patients by appointment. However, in the case of an emergency, please call us and we will try to work you in between appointments.
We make every effort to maintain appointment schedules. However, if the doctor's surgical schedule forces a delay, we can will do our best to reschedule the appointment at your earliest convenience.
Please call to cancel your appointment if you are unable to keep it so we are able to see other patients during that time.